Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start making plans to give Mother Nature a hand with her spectacular spring show by sprucing up Highlands and her highways.
The Highlands Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to take part in its annual Plateau Pickup Day and help with the longstanding tradition of cleaning litter from the Gorge Road between Highlands and Franklin.
This year’s Plateau Pickup Day falls on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Everyone is invited to come out and make this event part of their Earth Day festivities. The Gorge Road is among the most scenic in the state, running alongside the Cullasaja River, and providing unparalleled views of the river’s beauty and stunning waterfalls.
Plateau Pickup Day began over 20 years ago when members of the Mirror Lake Homeowners Association banded together for a Gorge Road cleanup day. Each year after that, they spent one Saturday every spring picking up litter on this scenic drive. Each year word spread and more and more volunteers joined the effort. Soon the event was so successful and well-established that association members gave control of the day to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, which has carried on the tradition.
If you’re interested in volunteering, meet at the Highlands Visitor Center at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 22. Call Jennifer at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112 to sign up. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and the Chamber will provide you with the supplies needed for the task − vests, gloves, litter pick up tools, and garbage bags.
Following the cleanup, which ends at 2:00 P.M., volunteers will be treated to a hamburger and hotdog cookout at Cliffside Lake, courtesy of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
Make your calendars now to join this worthwhile event.